Implementation and Assessment of a Holistic Sustainable Building Renovation

Double degree PhD defence, Monday 26 March 2018, Aliakbar Kamari.

2018.03.26 | Trine Berndt Turtiainen Scheelke

Aliakbar Kamari

During his studies, Aliakbar researched the notion of complexity in development of renovation scenarios due to the various number of criteria/objectives (i.e. Energy Efficiency, Indoor Comfort, Spatial Quality etc.) which need to be met together with the involving a various stakeholders into the renovation design process. Aliakbar studied how combinations of methods that are parts of SSM (Soft Systems Methodologies) and MCDM (Multi Criteria Decision Making Methods) are able to cope with its complexity. In addition, he addressed and considered further the concept of sustainability for renovation context through development of a Value Map consisting of three newly driven categories – Functionality, Accountability, and Feasibility – with a total of 18 sustainable value-oriented criteria and 118 sub-criteria. Consequently he expanded a conceptual framework entitled Tectonic Sustainable Building Design (TSBD) that serve as a means to unify the platform for strategies for refining and improving the contemporary building industry seen in the light of sustainability, by supporting the decision making in order to develop the most appropriate renovation scenarios. The new research findings contribute to both the expanding a multi-methodology for development of holistic renovation scenarios and the development of a holistic and simplified sustainability framework which can be used for assessment of sustainability during different phases of a renovation project.

The double degree Ph.D program was completed at the Department of Engineering, Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark and Department of Architecture, University of Palermo, Italy.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Monday 26 March 2018 at 12.00 pm
Place: Room Basile, Building 08, Department of Architecture, University of Palermo (Science Avenue, 90128 Palermo, PA, Italy)
Title of dissertation: A multi-methodology and sustainability-supporting framework for implementation and assessment of a holistic building renovation
Contact information: Aliakbar Kamari, e-mail: or, tel.: +45 31518280
Members of the thesis assessment committee:
Professor Per Anker Jensen, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Professor Marco D'Orazio, Department of Civil Engineering, Construction and Architecture, Marche Polytechnic University, Italy
Members of the PhD final exam (public defence) committee:
Professor Antonella Guida, Department of European and Mediterranean Culture, University of Basilicata, Spain
Professor Renato Capozzi, Department of Architecture, University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy
Professor Stefan Hallerstede, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Antonino Margagliotta, Department of Architecture, University of Palermo, Italy
Main supervisor (Denmark):
Professor Poul Henning Kirkegaard, Tectonics, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
Main supervisor (Italy):
Professor Rossella Corrao, Department of Architecture, University of Palermo
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST,
Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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